Eastland, a 14-year-old freshman at Spanish Springs High School, said it was a trip down to Record Street in Reno, hoping to aid the folks of the former ‘tent city’ that opened her eyes. With many organizations attempting to feed those unable to afford food, Eastland said the weather was taking its toll.
“I went down there with my dad after one of his friends asked if we would come help them, and there was this one guy who was sitting on the side near a fence using only a tiny blanket,” she said. “He was freezing and then we started thinking they could use coats and stuff since people were already feeding them.”
Eastland consulted a Spanish Springs Leadership teacher to ensure she was able to make the arrangements for the school-wide clothing drive. Helping to feed the homeless in the community is something she was involved in every Friday until her club volleyball season picked up, sending her to tournaments during the weekends.
Eastland is currently working through her freshman year of classes, using a conservative approach so she can “get the hang of everything” before beefing up her schedule. She plans to graduate with her Honors diploma in a few years, with four Honors classes slated for next year, and she will be joining the Mentoring Program next year in hopes of getting more involved in the school.
“We had three (mentors) who would come into your classroom and help you do your homework,” Eastland said. “I think that would be fun to help kids do because I have trouble with my homework and it’s nice to have someone help you.”
Eastland said she would like to attend the University of Nevada, Reno when she leaves Spanish Springs High School and hopes to enter the medical field of radiology in the future. Eastland has been surrounded by medical professionals in her parents and stepfather and said she has been told UNR would be a great place to get a medical education.
“Both of my parents work in the medical field, and my step dad works for the ambulance, so I have always seen my parents working with people in that way. I always thought it would be cool to help people,” she said. “I think it would be cool to learn how to read x-rays and learn all the different bones, too. I want to go to UNR to stay close to home, but I think it would be a really good school to go to for programs and stuff.”